Travis CI

You can streamline your workflow by integrating Convox and Travis CI. At a high level, you’ll be using familiar CLI commands like convox build and convox deploy, only from your Travis CI build servers.

Modifying .travis.yml

First you need to tell Travis CI to install the Convox CLI by adding this to your .travis.yml:

before_install: |
  curl -O &&\
  tar zxvf convox-stable-linux-amd64.tgz -C /tmp

The after_success section of .travis.yml lets you specify commands to run after a successful build. In the example below, a successful build would trigger a deployment of example-app to the org/staging Rack.

  - convox deploy --app <app name> --rack <org name>/<rack name>

Example .travis.yml

Here’s an example .travis.yml that installs the Convox CLI, runs convox doctor, and deploys the app:

sudo: required

  - docker

before_install: |
  curl -O &&\
  sudo tar zxvf convox-stable-linux-amd64.tgz -C /usr/local/bin

  convox doctor

  - convox deploy --app cv-soulshake-net --rack personal/legit


You’ll also need to enable the Travis CI build server to authenticate with your Rack before it can run commands like convox build or convox deploy. When using the CLI from your development machine, you’d typically convox login to do so, but when using Travis CI, you’ll want to set CONVOX_HOST and CONVOX_PASSWORD instead. These Convox credentials are sensitive, so you should set them in your Travis CI Repository Settings, if not with the even more secure Travis CI Encrypted Variables, rather than directly in .travis.yml.

Authenticating with Console deploy keys

If you use Console to manage access to your Racks, you’ll need to set the following environment variables in Travis CI:
CONVOX_PASSWORD=<deploy key>

For more information, see deploy keys.

Authenticating directly with a Rack

If you do not use Console, you can grant Travis CI direct access to your Rack by setting the following environment variables in Travis CI:

CONVOX_HOST=<Rack host>

You can find your Rack host by either:

  • visiting the AWS CloudFormation console, specifying your region (as it appears in convox rack --rack <name>), selecting your Rack stack, and navigating to the “Outputs” tab. You’ll want the value of the Dashboard output, which will have the following format: <rack-name>-<timestamp>.<aws-region>
  • via the AWS CLI, replacing us-east-1 and legit with the region and name of your own Rack below:
aws cloudformation describe-stacks \
    --region us-east-1 \
    --stack-name legit \
    --query 'Stacks[*].Outputs[?OutputKey==`Dashboard`].OutputValue'

Your Rack API key is irrecoverable, so if you don’t have a record of it from when you first installed your Rack with convox install -p APIKEY, or if you installed your Rack from the Console web interface, you’ll need to reset your Rack API key.